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Grappling with the bomb : Britain's Pacific H-bomb tests

Author: Nic Maclellan; Australian National University Press.
Publisher: Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, [2017]
Series: Pacific series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Grappling with the Bomb is a history of Britain's 1950s program to test the hydrogen bomb, code name Operation Grapple. In 1957-58, nine atmospheric nuclear tests were held at Malden Island and Christmas Island--today, part of the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Nearly 14,000 troops travelled to the central Pacific for the UK nuclear testing program--many are still living with the health and environmental consequences.  Read more...
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Maclellan, Nic.
Grappling with the bomb.
Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2017
(OCoLC)991596175
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nic Maclellan; Australian National University Press.
ISBN: 9781760461386 1760461385
OCLC Number: 1012396945
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 383 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The leader: Sir Winston Churchill --
The survivors: Lemeyo Abon and Rinok Riklon --
The fisherman: Matashichi Oishi --
The Task Force Commander: Wilfred Oulton --
The businessman: James Burns --
The pacifist: Harold Steele --
Interlude: On radiation, safety and secrecy --
The Chief Petty Officer: Ratu Inoke Bainimarama --
The sailor: Paul Ah Poy --
The high chief: Ratu Penaia Ganilau --
The WVS ladies: Mary and Billie Burgess --
The pilot: Geoffrey Dhenin --
The Prime Minister: Harold Macmillan --
The Foreign Officer: Gillian Brown --
The telegraphist: Roy Sefton --
The soldiers: Isireli Qalo --
The Banaban: Tekoti Rotan --
The mothers: Sui Kiritome --
The last soldiers: Josefa Vueti --
The President: John F. Kennedy --
Interlude: Contested illnesses --
The research scientist: Al Rowland --
The litigant: Pita Rokoratu --
The Rear Admiral: Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.
Series Title: Pacific series.
Responsibility: Nic Maclellan.

Abstract:

Grappling with the Bomb is a history of Britain's 1950s program to test the hydrogen bomb, code name Operation Grapple. In 1957-58, nine atmospheric nuclear tests were held at Malden Island and Christmas Island--today, part of the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Nearly 14,000 troops travelled to the central Pacific for the UK nuclear testing program--many are still living with the health and environmental consequences. Based on archival research and interviews with nuclear survivors, Grappling with the Bomb presents i-Kiribati woman Sui Kiritome, British pacifist Harold Steele, businessman James Burns, Fijian sailor Paul Ah Poy, English volunteers Mary and Billie Burgess and many other witnesses to Britain's nuclear folly.

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